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Bloomington Playwrights Project hires new managing director


The Bloomington Playwrights Project has been performing original plays for 35 years. Brad Schiesser will be replacing Jessica Reed as the new managing director in December.  David Corso Buy Photos

For 35 years the Bloomington Playwrights Project has produced original plays, and soon the organization will have a new managing director. 

The BPP announced Dec. 7 in a press release that Brad Schiesser will replace the former managing director Jessica Reed.  

While completing her Master of Arts in Arts Administration at IU's School of Public and Environmental Affairs in 2011, Reed joined the BPP, according to the press release. She began as a marketing associate and became the managing director in August of 2012. 

"It has been one of the most amazing experiences, working for an organization that is doing such exciting work, known on a national level," Reed said in the release. "I've been very proud to be a part of BPP." 

In December, Reed will move to Glens Falls, New York, to be the managing director at the Adirondack Theatre Festival, according to the release.

Reed's replacement, Schiesser, graduated from IU with a Bachelor of Arts in theatre and drama and a certificate from the Liberal Arts and Management Program, according to the release. He is currently completing a Master of Arts in Arts Administration at SPEA this semester. 

Recently Schiesser worked as associate director of development for Barrington Stage Company in Massachusetts, where he got experience in event management, donor relations, customer service and front-of-house management, according to the release.

“I interviewed many people for the job and received applications from around the country, but the perfect candidate was right here in our community," Producing Artistic Director Chad Rabinovitz said in the release. "Brad knows Bloomington, he knows theatre and he knows the BPP. I can’t wait to work alongside him to build the future of our organization.”

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